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water proof matches

Discussion in 'Bushcraft It Yourself' started by Matt, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Matt

    Matt Administrator Staff Member Site Donor

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    what you need...

    (1) box of swan vesta matches....
    (2) 1 candle....

    ok what you do is light the candle and let the hot wax pool ...whilst the wax is still malten you dip each of the matches into the wax to coat the red end ...................let the wax cool on the matches ...............

    hey presto water proof matches with out spending a fortune ..................simples ​
     
  2. fishingwalkies

    fishingwalkies Slightly Addicted

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    Does the wax not affect the red tip mate??? I thought it would soak in and soften?
     
  3. Gazo

    Gazo Administrator Staff Member Site Donor

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    I tried this few years ago and when ready to use I just picked the wax off with my nail and it worked fine.
     
  4. Matt

    Matt Administrator Staff Member Site Donor

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    paul thats the reason you use swan vestas instead of the brown head matches as the browns get mushy when you try and dip them in the wax.........................matt
     
  5. SAVAGE HMR

    SAVAGE HMR Slightly Talkative

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    I made some of these in my teen years.
    I found that just scraping the very tip of the
    wax off the end of the match and leaving the
    majority of the wax on the match helps it burn
    longer with a bigger flame.
    It's handy if your trying to light something damp
    or if you have windy conditions.